BY PADMA EDIRISINGHE
Do You Know?
Almost three-tenths of New York State’s residents commute by public transit, more than five times the national average.
New York depends on natural gas, nuclear, and hydroelectric generators for most of its electricity generation.
New York’s 2.4-gigawatt Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant is the third-largest conventional hydroelectric power plant in the United States.
New York recognizes some nuclear electricity generation as emissions-free under its Clean Energy Standard.
New York is one of the nation’s largest petroleum consumers, but the state consumes less petroleum per capita than any other state.
New York was the sixth-largest natural gas consumer among the states in 2016.
As of 2017, New York was home to over 151,000 clean energy workers— up from about 146,000 in 2016. This means the State saw 5,686 new clean energy jobs in the year 2017, a 3.9% rate of growth that was significantly higher than the overall statewide employment growth rate of 1.6%. In fact, clean energy employment overall has grown by 7.4%.
Clean energy development allows New York and other states to grow economically while protecting the environment. Conceivably the most powerful set of environmental policy tools are those that manage the use of energy resources. The state of scientific and technological knowledge at any time in history, together with known energy resources, defines feasible energy choices. Shortsighted individual decisions to exploit these choices can lead to patterns of energy use that are socially unproductive.
Successful implementation of energy and other environmental policy goals may require changes in law, tax policy, the provision of public services such as highways and mass transit, international treaties, and other policy tools.
“Humans remain part of the natural world. Like all other species, we rely upon the resources of the planet to thrive, and we return our wastes to the same environment. The impact of human activity on local areas has always been obvious—uncoordinated exploitation of resources and discharge of waste progressively reduces human well-being. Growing population and economic activity increase the potential gains from understanding and optimizing our relationship with the rest of the natural world.”
Also, our security depends on implementation of sound energy policies which would benefit all people.
Source: EIA, Stanford policy studies